Friday, September 12, 2008

Flu Vaccines available to Sun Life Patients

By Renée Louzon-Benn


Casa Grande, AZ – Sun Life Family Health Center is scheduling appointments for their patients to receive flu vaccine.  The vaccine is currently being offered to existing patients over the age of eighteen, with priority being given to senior citizens and patients with chronic conditions as they are considered high-risk to catch the flu. Sun Life expects vaccines for children to be available in October.


Each year, 5 to 20 percent of the population gets hit with the flu virus, and more than 200,000 are hospitalized with flu complications, according to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But, people can take preventive measures in the simple form of a flu vaccine.


While anyone who wants to reduce their chance of getting the flu can get vaccinated, the CDC recommendations include children 6 months to 4 years of age, school age children, people who are at high-risk of having serious flu complications, or people who live with or care for those at high risk. To learn more about CDC flu vaccine guidelines, visit


To schedule your flu shot, contact your local Sun Life Family Health Center office. Learn more about Sun Life, visit


Sun Life Family Health Center is a not-for-profit organization providing health care to Casa Grande, Eloy, Coolidge, Maricopa, Mammoth, Oracle and San Manuel. The Casa Grande facility is the flagship of the organization, offering multi-specialty services including Family Practice, OB/GYN, Dental, Radiology, Pharmacy and Laboratory. The San Manuel facility also offers Laboratory, Radiology and Pharmacy services. Behavioral Health services are also available at the Casa Grande and San Manual facilities. Sun Life is one of two community health centers in the state receiving accreditation from the Joint Commission.